Help after a Serious Bus Accident
As metropolitan areas like Denver increase in size, Colorado has utilized means of mass transportation more and more. Buses are a convenient means of transportation because they don’t require the same level of infrastructure development as a subway system, they’re less expensive to maintain, and they cut energy consumption per capita.
Buses transport thousands of people each day, but unfortunately, bus accidents can cause unnecessary pain, suffering, injury, and even death. If you have been injured in a bus accident, speak with a Denver injury attorney who can inform you of your rights and protect your entitlement to damages through a claim.
Who can be liable for a bus accident in Colorado?
Buses are considered to be common carriers, so they operate by different rules than individual and privately owned passenger vehicles, so there are different regulations governing what happens in case of an accident. Common carriers are a special class of vehicle that operate according to stricter state regulations, such as trains, airplanes, buses and semi trucks.
Additionally, buses may be owned by the city or leased by the city and rented out by a private company, so there may be statutory limitations on how much you can recover from the accident. Seatbelts on buses are atypical, which can increase the likelihood of a passenger sustaining a life-threatening injury.
Those parties that could be potentially held liable in the instance of an accident include:
- the bus line operator or owner;
- the government agency or municipality that rents or employs the buses;
- the bus driver;
- other drivers involved in the accident that might have been responsible for the collision; and
- the manufacturer of the bus, if the accident was caused by a defect.
Additionally, subpar maintenance, neglectful drivers, and inclement weather can contribute to a collision involving a bus. Even if the main reason for the crash was outside the control of the operator or driver, negligence may aggravate the ramifications and increase the likelihood or severity of injury to passengers, which is why it’s so vital that you reach out to a Denver injury attorney if you or someone you love has been hurt in a bus accident.
Schedule a FREE consultation with an attorney by contacting our offices. A bus accident attorney can help you put the pieces of your case together and collect the requisite evidence you need to prove your case and help you have the best possible chance of making a fair recovery for your injuries and damages.
Contact Zaner Harden Law for a free and confidential consultation by calling (303) 563-5354. Or, you can complete our Free Case Evaluation Form and we will contact you.